As someone new not just to St Mary’s, but to Nottingham and the East Midlands, I’d like to thank everyone for the amazing welcome we’ve received. Joanna and I are loving the bustle of the city and meeting lots of people. There is a real feeling of energy and I can’t wait to see how things develop.
We have an amazing opportunity at St Mary’s. With over 50,000 students in the city, and some already part of the church, I believe many will come, with us, to discover something of the stability and inspiration God brings into our lives – as happened to me when I was a student.
You’ll find the worship traditional, it’s all quite formal and we have a brilliant choir. We aim to allow you space to experience God’s presence in a stunningly beautiful space. I base all my sermons on the Bible, praying that God’s Holy Spirit will speak into the reality of each of our worlds.
I’d love to see the church filled with people praying together in both lament and hope as we engage with the realities of our world, near and far. I’m a hands on person, believing that, just as Jesus did, central to being a Christian is friendship with all people, especially those on the edges of life. And there’s nothing better than getting together for food, especially when it’s home made.
I feel that our strapline should be, “Nottingham is not complete without visiting St Mary’s” It’s been at the heart of the city for many centuries. You can see the big tower with a flag on the top from lots of points in the city. Did you know Robin Hood was arrested in it? You get in through the side door (Robin used a tunnel from the law courts) and with underfloor heating, it’s always warm.
Do come to a Service and please make sure you say hello – I’m easy to identify with my robes on!